Why he hates San Francisco: Truth be told, we love Merle Haggard, but we do take issue with one thing in particular: that when he wrote “Okie from Muskogee,” and these lyrics, he totally meant it.
We don't make a party out of lovin'
We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo
We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do.
Sometimes Merle says the song was written as satire, but he’s also admitted he thought hippies “were unqualified to judge America, and I thought they were lookin' down their noses at something that I cherished very much, and it pissed me off.”
Why he’s a complete idiot: We’re not going to talk too badly about ol’ Merle since he did attempt to redeem himself with “Return to San Francisco,” and also because he’s Merle Haggard, but he’d be a whole lot cooler if he’d just admit those were his politics at the time and that we all make mistakes. I’m sure it’s something we can work out over a bottle of moonshine. Whaddaya say, Merle?